SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades eye pride and pay days in Cup

Vast experience: Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee
Vast experience: Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee

DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has insisted pride not pound notes will be his team’s only motivation when they face Bristol Rovers in the first round of the FA Cup.

But Wilson, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s visit to the Memorial Stadium, acknowledged the riches on offer should they reach the later stages of the competition could have a major impact behind the scenes at Bramall Lane.

With new financial measures, including the Salary Cost Management Protocol, limiting United’s room for manoeuvre in the transfer market this season, the former Northern Ireland international said: “The money and revenue the cup brings in is important.

“And, with all due respect, it’s also very different to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy because it can be a good source of income right from the very start.

“Admittedly, we are unlikely to win the cup outright. But there’s no reason why we can’t go a fair distance.

“We want to do as well as we possibly can and see where that takes us. And revenue, to be honest, is completely secondary to the players.

“They won’t be thinking about that. They just want to keep their run going.”

United, who are second in the League One table after making an unbeaten start to the present campaign, will receive £18,000 in prize money should they beat Rovers. They would be guaranteed a further £27,000 if they reach the third round draw.

Rovers, managed by the vastly experienced Mark McGhee, are 20th in League Two but Wilson said: “I don’t think their position is going to have any bearing on this game. None whatsoever.

“Mark has proven himself throughout many years in the game and he knows what he’s doing.

“They’ll expect to be challenging for promotion and I don’t see any reason why it’s too late for that to be the case. I’m sure they’ll be a real force.”

Wilson, who spent four years in charge of Rovers’ arch-rivals Bristol City, confirmed yesterday that striker Dave Kitson is unlikely to feature after missing Monday’s victory over Portsmouth with a hamstring complaint.

“We’re just seeing how Dave is at the moment, seeing how he trains.

“But the initial indications are that it could be around two or three weeks before he come back. We’ll just take things day by day and see.”

Meanwhile, United have been named as the JP Trophy’s Northern Area ‘Team of the Round’ following their recent win at Notts County. Goals from Shaun Miller and Harry Maguire helped propel them to a 4-1 success over Keith Curle’s side.